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17 January 2009

Cryptome took photos this morning of the operation to lift US Airways Flight 1549 from the Hudson.
Police had cordoned the area so photos could be taken from a half to a full block away from the
aircraft -- of which only the left wing could be seen angled up out of the water. No lift took place
while there for a couple of hours, only moving in water-borne cranes and lift preparation. This
was a happy party for the workers, responders and officials, double-time pay over the weekend,
getting on TV, nobody barbecued or chopped into meat chunks.

Lifting Flight 1549 from the Hudson


Wing tip from the front

Wing tip from the rear

Moving in the 300-ton crane, Weeks Number 533

Crane Weeks 533 positioned next to the wing tip (visible through the canopy in the center of the photo). Crane Weeks 566 (30-ton-capacity) at right.

Weeks 533 Boom being elevated at left, Weeks 566 being pivoted toward the aircraft at right.

Weeks 533 is a very large crane which dwarfs the aircraft wing tip at lower left

NTSB investigator on police launch (B visible to right of his backpack)

FBI Emergency Response Team Members (beyond is a van to hold retrieved objects, photo below)

OSHA rep holding clipboard

Hazardous materials personnel being helped with removing multiple layers of clothing.

Getting ready to launch a rescue boat into the frigid river

Handsome newscaster not happy about freezing his ass off (8-degrees F) while the rest of the crowd is heavily bundled. US Open Golf Championship band holds his press card.

US Coast Guard with machine-gun ready

Senior police commander and civilian poo-bah looking cold and useless